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Chief of Staff

Halter

Halter

People & HR, Operations
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2024
The future of food production hinges on an important question: How do we feed the world’s growing population without compromising our natural resources? Both dairy and beef farmers feed our population and hold the keys to vital climate solutions. At Halter, we’re on a mission to enable farmers to run the most productive and sustainable farms. Farmers are using Halter to break free from the time-intensive constraints of conventional farming. They’re growing more grass, increasing milk production and/or helping their cattle gain more weight (for beef farming) and improving the health and well-being of their cows.
We bridge deep tech into farming. Halter enables farmers to remotely shift, virtually fence and proactively monitor their cows’ health and behaviour. Can you imagine watching 500 cows or cattle walk calmly towards the milking shed or their next break? No quad bikes, no dogs, no fences. Just a mob of cows walking at their own pace. People say it looks like magic. Our customers are revolutionising farming with Halter. It's changing lives and transforming an industry.
People join Halter because they want to do meaningful work. By joining us you’ll be solving challenging problems within a talented team and a culture built for high performance. Our team out-think, out-work and out-care. We’re committed to delivering real change in the world - this isn’t easy, and in truth, we love that it’s hard. We’re backed to deliver on a mission that matters by Tier 1 investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC, Blackbird, Promus Ventures, Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck and Icehouse ventures.
To find out more, visit our careers website, LinkedIn & Instagram.
About the role
We're in search of our first-ever Chief of Staff to join our team and provide crucial support to our COO, CEO, and the wider executive crew. We're after someone who's like the Swiss Army knife and can help level up our Exec team. You will be reporting to the COO and ensuring smooth sailing across the board, from strategy and decision-making to keeping everyone in check.
Your role? Think of yourself as the mastermind behind keeping everyone in the loop and fired up about our goals. You'll be diving into the nitty-gritty alongside our Exec team and senior leaders, tackling the trickiest challenges head-on. You'll likely have Halter's mission, strategy, tactics, and values memorised, always knowing how and where to apply them.
This isn't your run-of-the-mill job. It's a unique opportunity that could open doors to other senior roles within Halter. You'll have your hands in everything from supporting on capital raising to shaping our strategy, all while playing a vital role in keeping our team humming along smoothly. You might find yourself, supporting on market entry to Europe or stepping up to oversee departments like Marketing or Customer Support until we find the perfect leader.
Aside from being on the Halter rollercoaster as we take on the world, you will also gain great exposure to Senior leaders within and outside of Halter, gaining valuable insight into executive decision-making, and work closely with our Exec team and Board.

What your day could look like

  • Drive strategic clarity: Team up with the COO and other Execs to diagnose, analyse, plan out, and bring major strategic shifts and critical priorities to life. Dig into data, whip up presentations and memos, and marshall key people to help make and action critical decisions.
  • Keep Things Running Smoothly: Make sure our day-to-day operations are running like a well-oiled machine by setting up and fine-tuning processes. Help folks get on board with changes and upgrades to how we operate, making sure everyone's clear on what's happening and why.
  • Making Things Better: Hunt down ways to make things easier and faster around here, then roll out plans to make it happen. Keep everyone on track by setting up meetings, taking notes, and making sure we're following through on what we said we'd do.
  • Be The Glue: Be the go-between for the COO and other department heads, keeping everyone on the same page and working together smoothly. Take charge of projects that involve different teams, making sure we're all hitting our deadlines and working together effectively.
  • Tracking How We're Doing: Set up fancy reports and dashboards to keep an eye on how we're doing as a company and whether we're hitting our goals. Give the big bosses regular updates on how we're doing, what's going well, and what we could do better.
  • Other Special Side-Projects: Take the lead or lend a hand on special projects we throw your way, whether it's diving into what the competition is up to or stepping in to run a team or key project for a period of time.

Who we’re looking for

  • 5+ years of experience in consulting, finance, legal, business strategy, or operations, with a preference for those who've navigated the dynamic world of startups or rapid-growth companies.
  • A team player with exceptional relationship-building skills, able to collaborate effectively across diverse teams and influence outcomes without formal authority.
  • A master of time management, adept at prioritising tasks and orchestrating multiple workstreams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Results-oriented with a hands-on approach, willing to dive into the trenches to ensure goals are met.
  • Proven track record in project management and organisational prowess, ensuring smooth execution from start to finish.
  • Possesses a high degree of dynamic range, seamlessly transitioning between strategic vision and detailed execution as needed.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment, capable of making quality decisions amidst complex, ambiguous, multi-dimensional challenges.
  • Strong financial acumen and commercial savvy, capable of swiftly developing models and scrutinising numbers.
  • Highly flexible and responsive to changing priorities, able to pivot seamlessly when circumstances demand.
  • Sharp critical thinking skills, equipped with keen observational abilities and adept problem-solving prowess.
  • Exceptional executive communication skills, adept at distilling complex information into clear and concise insights.

Why our team loves working at Halter

  • Every now and again a company comes along that disrupts and transforms an entire industry, leaving society in a better place; few people get the opportunity to work at companies like these. Halter is an incredible technology transforming an essential industry. We have a genuine and shared connection to our mission to make a difference in the world.
  • Dedicate yourself to solving real-world problems alongside an epic team in a culture designed around high growth. The excitement, risk, and reward of a high-growth technology scale-up on the global stage.
  • Our ideas are truly valued, we are able to move fast, and our impact is real.
  • State-of-the-art, dog-friendly office that’s been thoughtfully designed right in the heart of Auckland city. Did we mention dogs and cows?
  • Healthy body, healthy mind. We’re partnered with Southern Cross Health Insurance to support your well-being.
  • We offer 6 months of fully paid parental leave for primary caregivers, 4 weeks of fully paid secondary caregiver leave and many other parental benefits that support you and your family.
  • Our personal growth is important. Halter offers an annual $1000 self-development budget to be used for anything that fuels personal growth.
  • Our time to recharge is valued, we’re offered wellness leave and unlimited paid annual leave.
  • We offer an inclusive and attractive remuneration package made up of salary, benefits and an employee stock ownership plan.
  • Delicious snacks and drinks are available for your daily flow.
Our Office First Approach
We do have flexible working hours and you can work from home when you need to but we encourage our team to be in the office as much as you can.
We have an office-first approach because we would like to keep the opportunity for teams to have spontaneous interactions which in turn has allowed our team at Halter to foster strong relationships. Stronger relationships make it easier to disagree, give feedback, do meaningful work and as a result, be higher performing as a team.
Join our team
Halter is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace — a place where we can each be ourselves and do the best work of our lives. Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and under-represented groups of candidates tend to only apply when they meet every requirement. If you think you have what it takes but don’t necessarily tick every requirement on this job description, please still get in touch and apply to Halter. We’d love to chat to see if you’ll be an epic fit!
If this opportunity sounds like you, please apply below by sending through your cover letter explaining why you’re excited about this role and working at Halter, along with your CV, and we’ll be in touch!
Please also feel free to check out the careers and culture page for more information on working at Halter and don't forget to follow us on LinkedIn & Instagram.